The history of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg states that it was during the time when Rev. P. Roesener was their pastor that permission was given to have a Christmas tree placed inside the church sanctuary. Pastor Roesener served the church here in Altenburg from 1889-1901, so it was sometime during that era that Christmas … More ‘Tis the Season
One of the ways you can tell the date of the above photo is by noting that the railroad tracks are there. The Frisco railroad began operating in July of 1904. The building of the rails began a year or two earlier. One of things I find intriguing is the fact that while the railroad … More A Church and a Railroad Come to Wittenberg
Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg is one year away from the 150th year anniversary of the dedication of their present-day church sanctuary. It was dedicated on Reformation Sunday in 1867. This church is used for the congregation’s worship every Sunday. If I have this figured out correctly (and I suppose I could be wrong), I … More Hauling Rock
The building in the foreground in the above photo was not Trinity Lutheran Church. It never was Trinity Lutheran Church. And Rev. Gotthold Loeber was not the first pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church. Folks here in Altenburg may be ready to string me up for such heresy, but there is a reason for these statements. … More Pastor Loeber Was Never Pastor of Trinity
May 8, 2009 was a day that looked bad for Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Missouri. What was described as an “inland hurricane” caused much destruction in around town, including blowing the church steeple onto the church roof. Numerous tree limbs and several entire trees ended up on the ground. The children of Concordia/Trinity Lutheran … More What Looked Bad….
This story starts with the death of Emilie (Schuppan) Mueller on April 27, 1891 and backtracks to her birth in Frohna, Missouri in 1853. Emilie was born on September 26, 1853 to Adolph and Emilie Schuppan. The Schuppan family had actually been in America prior to the Saxon immigration to Perry County, but they found … More Building a Church and a Baby
Four hundred seventy years ago, Martin Luther died on February 18th. His last written words were the ones in the title of this blog. Three hundred years after Luther’s death, the Lutheran church here in Altenburg, Missouri was draped with many yards of black cloth. On that day, which was a Wednesday, a morning service … More We Are Beggars: This Is True